Trek Women
October 20, 2008

Spectacular Bike Trip!

Bill and I had so much fun on our bike trip to Duluth. The Willard Munger State Trail was amazing. 70 miles of the most beautiful scenery I have ever ridden through.  It was breathtaking with all the fall colors and great views!  Duluth was amazing as well.  We spent half the day Saturday just hiking around on trails and through the city.  Just wonderful.  We ate at some really good restaurants and even went to a University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldog Hockey game. That was a ton of fun to watch and the Bulldogs won in overtime...very dramatic and exciting!

We spent all of yesterday riding back to Minneapolis. After about 75 miles on the bike I was ready to be done.  Unfortunately, we still had 40 more to go.  I made it, tired and sore.  We got back last night just in time for dinner at one of our friend's house. (Randy and Chrissy you're awesome) 

Some of the cool animals we saw on the trip...snake, deer, red-tail hawk, blue-jays, and a porcupine.
Just a great trip!  We cannot wait for our next biking adventure!

October 16, 2008

Bike Trip to Duluth

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Bill and I are headed off for a short bike trip to Duluth MN this weekend.  I hear it is beautiful and cold up there this time of year.  There is apparently a paved bike trail going from Hinckley to Duluth.  It is called the Willard Munger State Trail. We have never been on it, but this is what the website says: "The 63 mile Hinckley - Duluth segment of the Willard Munger State Trail is now completely paved, making this the longest paved trail in the world."  Longest in the World!  Amazing, and right here in Minnesota!

I love this time of year, and the leaves should be beautiful.  We are going to start about 100 miles out and then pedal 100 miles back. It should be tons of fun...just Bill and I...and our bikes...and the camera.  I'll bring back some pictures!

October 14, 2008

Beating Breast Cancer in Brookings

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Trek's Breast Cancer Awareness Ride at Sioux River Bicycles went great. Over 100 people came out to show their support. It is not official yet, but I think only one other store in the Nation had more people at their event then our group. Way to go Brookings! I feel like we took a step towards fighting back cancer.

The day started off with some thunder, rain, and chilling temperatures, but that didn't stop us. By the time we got out to ride, the temperature was still cold, but it was a beautiful day. There were multiple breast cancer survivors there who participated in the 25 mile ride. So cool! I met wonderful people from Brookings; what a great city!

Thank you for everyone who donated time, and funds for the event. I hope you had as much fun as I did!

Keep riding!

October 8, 2008

Think Pink and Ride!

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that means it is time to Think Pink and Ride. Every year, Trek sponsors a family-friendly bike ride in order to raise awareness for Breast Cancer research, treatment, and prevention. This year it will be held in participating Trek dealers across the Nation on Saturday, October 11th.

I will be joining Sioux River Bicycles in South Dakota for the ride this Saturday. If you have not signed up yet, hurry! It is for a great cause, and if you live anywhere near me or Minnesota, this may be your last chance for an outdoor ride this year...it is getting cold.

Bring you friends and families. I hope to see you there! For more information or to register, click here.

September 28, 2008

Change the World!

Dsc_0249_4One_world_logo_mediumYou might think that because this picture is in black and white that it was taken years and years ago, before they invented colored pictures and cars. But alas! It was taken yesterday. I went grocery shopping with my bike! It was so much fun. I have done it before while I was in college, but back then it involved a very heavy back pack and strategic balancing of grocery bags on my handlebars.
Thanks to my Bob Trailer and Trek Soho, it was much smoother. The grocery store is only 1.5 miles away. Why have I been driving my car this whole time?

If we are going to change the world, we are going to have to start with ourselves. Riding bikes and reducing my Carbon Footprint on the earth is something I feel very strongly about. What can you do to Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse?

Change the world...one bike ride at a time!

August 21, 2008

What a Commute?!

Dsc_0109This is a blog that I wrote about 1 year ago, and never posted. Due to my recent epic ride, I thought it would be more valuable now than when I wrote it. Check it out: Yesterday, I took commuting to the next level. I rode my bike 34.4 miles to a neighbor's house, and about 36.2 miles back to my house. The added miles on the way home was due to my unfamiliarity with the area. I took a few unintentional scenic routes and detours. Coincidentally, that 70 miles was the longest I have ridden in one day.

My husband knew when I would be home and was waiting on the front porch with the camera. That picture of me is when I rolled up to the house. I have to say that I was pretty tired. I woke up the next day with very sore legs.

I don't think it is something I would do everyday, but atleast I know I can do it. My heart goes out to everyone out there who commutes on their bike. You guys and gals are my heroes. Keep riding!

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August 11, 2008

The biggest ever!

It is Monday morning and I am just about to leave for the biggest bike ride of my life. Minneapolis, MN to Madison, WI. I am going to the annual Trek Dealer Show. It should be a lot of fun.

Instead of flying or driving, I decided to ride my bike there. Plan is 150 miles today and tomorrow, stay for 3 days and then ride back. Total trip=600 miles. Wish me luck!

May 19, 2008

How Far Did I Go?

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How far did I go? Exactly 26.2 Miles! That's right a marathon. I ran the Fargo Marathon on Saturday and it was a blast. It was my second, and fastest marathon yet.

About four years ago, I made it one of my goals to run the Boston Marathon one day. I had never been to Boston, and to tell you the truth, I didn't know anything about running marathons either. I just decided that it was something I wanted to do. So I took the first step toward my goal and signed up for my very first marathon. It was the Salt Lake City Marathon in 2005. I ran, and ran, and ran. I had a goal to qualify for Boston, so I ran some more. I probably did not train very smartly. I went for long runs with hardly any food or water. And I hardly even went running the last month before the race because of school and finals. I was nineteen, and I was determined to run.

Despite my will, and goal setting, I did not qualify for Boston. Even worse, I missed the time cut off by by less than 2 minutes! It must have really traumatized me because I didn't attempt another marathon till 3 years later.

I didn't even plan on doing this marathon. I met a wonderful lady (Robin Barden) who was training for the Boston marathon. I became her Personal Trainer, and she became my hero. She came to see me during the week for strength training and stretching, and I went with her on long runs on the weekends. At first I was just doing 8 mile runs, but they quickly turned into 16 milers. Pretty soon, Boston was right around the corner, and I was in shape to do a marathon.

I decided to sign up for a marathon close by, and just run it. I spent the last month and a half working on my pace and did some speed work. It really helped. This time I did qualify for Boston! I had more than ten minutes to spare. I am so happy, and I can't wait for Boston next April.

If you set a goal for yourself, don't ever give up. It might take a lot of hard work, some time, and you might even have to wait for the right person to come around.

Now that I got that marathon out of the way...it is time to RIDE!

December 19, 2007

Not quite over yet

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I stopped riding my bike to work a couple weeks ago. I rode on a day where the temperature was negative, and by the time I got about 5 miles out, my feet and hands were so cold I felt like turning back. The problem was- I was already halfway there. When I arrived at work, I had a hard time walking on my frozen feet. I made up my mind that commuting to work was over until spring.

After a week and a half of driving to and from work, I decided to brave the elements again. What changed my mind? The temperature was in the 20's! I was nervous to go out in the cold again, but once I was out there, it was great. I overdressed quite a bit and ended up a little sweaty when I arrived. My toes didn't freeze at all!

So, my winter riding may not be over quite yet. I am going on vacation for a couple of weeks, but when I get back I hope there are more days of 20 degree temperatures.

Keep Riding!

November 18, 2007

Spin Baby Spin!

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Such a lovely phrase; one that cant be said too often I think.  This past weekend I went to a spinning class at the gym where I work.  “Spinning,” for the uninitiated is riding on a stationary bike with an instructor leading you.  You go up “Hills” and down “Descents”, you ride on “Flat road” and have “Sprints”.  So basically it is exactly like riding a bike except for the “riding a bike” part.  It is huge amounts of fun.

Kimberly was my instructor for the Saturday morning ride.  It was supposed to be a 2-hour endurance ride, but because of time commitments it turned into a 90 minute endurance ride.  Frankly, I can say that the Lord answered my prayers; I think that if I had to do the whole two hours I would have died.

Kim did a great job of keeping the excitement level up, and because I have an awesome new heart rate monitor (Thanks TIMEX!) I was able to make sure that I stayed at the right level of exertion.  Or about the right level of exertion – after the first “Hill”  I was about ready to pass out.  The only thing that kept me conscious was Kim shouting “YEAH BABY!” every few minutes telling us to pick up the pace. (Seriously, how can she breathe?!)

I am a sucker for hard workouts, and this one was as good a workout as I have got in a while.  THANKS KIM!

Next class; MONDAY!